Apphia was a Christian woman who was probably very much involved in ministry work. She is mentioned once in Philemon 1:2. In Paul’s letter, he first greets Philemon. He also greets Apphia and Archippus. Apphia was not Paul’s biological sister, but she was his “sister in Christ,” and she is our sister as well. We don’t know what she looked like or what she did, but we all share one thing in common – faith in Jesus. What can we take away from Apphia our sister?
1. Like Apphia, all who follow Jesus are sisters and brothers in Christ and daughters and sons of God. When we acknowledge our need for a Savior, we are instantly made a part of God’s holy family. We become the children of God. He loves us as His very own. Over the years, millions upon millions of souls have asked Jesus into their hearts, making God’s family one really HUGE family. This means that we have millions upon millions of siblings and most of them we won’t know until we get to Heaven.
After experiencing the wonderful, never-ending love of God, it should be easier for us to love our saved sisters and brothers. Someone once said, “The closer we move towards God, the closer we move towards each other.” It is not race, color, age, ethnicity, nationality, or language that unites and keeps us together. Our Heavenly brotherhood and sisterhood is bound together by the blood of Jesus.
God is love. Since we are children of God, we have the strength to love our saved siblings – past, present, and future. We also have the strength to love even those who are not yet our siblings in Christ.
I Corinthians 12:13, 27 says: “For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink…Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
In Christ, we are one.